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VCEDC Leads Broadband Initiative for Economic Development

Improved broadband coverage is critical for a robust tourism industry and to diversify and grow Vilas County’s economy to attract entrepreneurs, remote workers, and expanding business.

Vilas County Broadband Survey: We Need Your Help!

June 14, 2023

Broadband is rapidly expanding throughout Vilas County, but we’re not done yet! Your voice is critical to determine where broadband needs to improve, provide accurate data for grant funding, develop detailed broadband availability and coverage maps, and demonstrate improvement.

To attain our goals, here are two important surveys we ask you complete.

1. Vilas County Economic Development Corporation GEN3 Broadband Survey: Here is the information we’re looking for:

  • What type of location? (Home, Business, Seasonal Home, Other)
  • Is broadband available? If yes, you will be directed to an automated broadband speed test, which will upload the results to our database.
  • Are you completing this survey at your Vilas County residence? Y/N (You will need to be at your Vilas County residence for your speed test to be relevant.)
  • Did you participate in last year’s broadband survey? Thank you if you did. Please complete the survey again.
  • The results will be added to the VCEDC GEN4 Broadband Map.
  • Email address
  • *Your information stays with the VCEDC.
  • Click here to complete the 2-minute survey.

2. Wisconsin Internet Self-Report (WISER) Survey– Wisconsin Broadband Office

  • This statewide survey is designed to capture your experience with internet service or lack thereof (e.g., service quality, affordability, accessibility, and more) so the VCEDC and Wisconsin Broadband Office can accurately understand a variety of broadband needs and be able to further improve internet access through the upcoming federal Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funding. The survey is confidential and the number of responses will be visualized in an online mapping tool.
  • Click here to complete the 5-minute survey.

To further strengthen and diversify Vilas County’s economy, the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) is focused on making Vilas County a broadband destination by working with the municipalities, Lac du Flambeau Tribe, Internet Service Providers, and County leadership to provide education, leadership, planning, support, and networking.

Please share these surveys with your colleagues, friends, and family who reside in or visit Vilas County. The surveys are open now!

Thank you!

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Vilas County EDC Broadband in the News

December 15, 2020

Vilas County News Review

Economic Leaders Have High Hopes For 2021

December 15, 2020

The Lakeland Times

VCEDC Broadband Efforts 'Really Involved'

September 25, 2020

The Lakeland Times

Vilas County Board Hears 'Rural Rebound Presentation'

September 22, 2020

WXPR Radio

Vilas County Benefiting from ‘Brain Gain of Rural America’

September 17, 2020

WXPR Radio

With Broadband Comes Growth: Digital Infrastructure Spurs Company in Vilas Co.

Meet The VCEDC Broadband Workgroup

The VCEDC Broadband Workgroup leading the broadband initiative includes VCEDC Board Chairman Jim Tuckwell; VCEDC Board Member & President, Loss Mitigation Solutions, Bill Niemuth; VCEDC Executive Director Kathy Schmitz; VCEDC Board Member Noah Lottig; and, VCEDC professional volunteer; Vilas County IT Director Mike Duening.

Each of these individuals is assigned as a “Broadband Buddy” to the Vilas County towns and the Lac du Flambeau tribe, to ensure ongoing two-way communication and support for the towns as we work to help them develop their strategic plans:

Bob Egan

Kathy Schmitz

Plum Lake
Eagle River

Bill Niemuth

Bill Niemuth

Boulder Junction
Manitowish Waters
Presque Isle
Land O' Lakes

Jim Tuckwell

Jim Tuckwell

Lac du Flambeau
Arbor Vitae
St. Germain

Noah Lottig

VCEDC Board Member

Blog Posts From The VCEDC

September 5, 2022

Wisconsin Counties Magazine

VCEDC featured in Wisconsin Counties Magazine

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August 26, 2022

Congratulations to Charter Spectrum!

Congratulations to Charter Spectrum on the completion of their work to date in the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Washington.

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August 5, 2022

Vilas County Broadband Expansion 8-5-22

Vilas County Broadband Expansion featured on NBC Newswatch 12

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November 9, 2021

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation Selected to Participate in Broadband Discussion

VCEDC is selected to participate in the Broadband for Everyone Facebook Live panel discussion

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November 7, 2021

Rural Broadband Live Event Nov 9

Broadband for Everyone. What will it take? Rural communities and underserved areas of cities both need affordable, reliable high-speed internet service.

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August 16, 2021

VCEDC Broadband Professional Volunteer, Jonathan Sharp Featured in Milwaukee Journal

VCEDC Broadband Professional Volunteer, Jonathan Sharp, featured on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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June 9, 2021

Random List of Available Free WiFi

A random list of area businesses in Eagle River that we have learned provide free WiFi.

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February 25, 2021

Understanding Broadband

Broadband. This is the most crucial aspect of remote working. For many jobs, productivity and progress are directly tied to the availability and reliability of broadband. The ability to access broadband is the most important part of a remote workers “commute.”

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Vilas County Broadband Resources

Wisconsin Public Service Commission – Broadband Expansion Grants and Resources
Broadband Now – Great resource for all things Broadband
Federal Communications Commission – Connect America Fund (CAF)
Remoters.Net – Information for Remote Working Professionals
USDA Reconnect Pilot Program – CAF III
Broadband USA Funding Opportunities – A database of Available Funds

Available Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Vilas County

Astrea Connect





Frontier Communications

Gogebic Range







Do you live or work in Vilas County?

We need your input so we can improve your broadband:

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Want to learn why Vilas County is one of the best places to live, work, and play?

Reach out to the folks at the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation today!

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Want to learn why Vilas County is one of the best places to live, work, and play?

We can email you a PDF highlighting many of the wonderful aspects of our area.

Download this 8-page PDF article here: